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A beautiful book,
This review is from: Ragnarok: the End of the Gods (Myths) (Hardcover)I love the Canongate Myths series, in which the publishers invite well known authors to recreate myths that are important to them in a new way. There have been some fascinating stories and authors over the years in this series, and I was excited to see A.S. Byatt, who is one of my favourite authors, tackling the Norse myths, which I love.
I was not disappointed. Byatt writes with such fluidity and sheer beauty that the images practically leap from the page towards you. Her feeling for the subtleties and nuances of the myths totally changed my understanding of them, and I saw much more in them than I ever have before. I love the fact that she draws parallels between the childhood perception of World War II being the end of days and the days of Ragnarok in Norse mythology. I also love her focus on the natural world and its destruction and how she sets up echoes and resonances of what we are doing to our planet that will probably bring about the destruction the child was afraid of, but which did not come.
I did not understand it all, but I loved it, and it is a book I will read and re-read and find new pleasure and depth in every time I do.